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“Galileo: The Starry Messenger”

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Price, Lindsay (Canadian playwright, 1969-____), "Galileo: The Starry Messenger,”

a 55-minute biographical drama in English set in Venice, 1610,

1m (+ taped/offstage voices),

© 1996 by Lindsay Price, scripts and rights available from the playwright via www.theatrefolk.com. Cited to present author by Lindsay Price via e-mail September 15, 1996; Price says,

Dramatis Persona Galileo Galilei (m), scientist

Synopsis “One year in the life of brash, imaginative, outlandish, Galileo Galilei, who changed the face of science forever. This scientist spirited away the discovery of the telescope from the Dutch. He looked into the sky with the instrument and ever since has had to face the consequences of his actions.

Comment “Galileo received the following reviews on a cross Canada tour this summer.  •  ‘[F]ascinating flesh to the bone.’—Edmonton Journal  •  ‘Galileo . . . is as animated a character as any that has ever graced the stage. He is ribald, arrogant, brilliant, sharp witted, a perfect hero and a perfect villain.’—Edmonton Sun  •  ‘[W]onderful . . . fascinating . . . it is potent and relevant to our time.’—CBC Radio  •  ‘[F]ine writing . . . dynamic . . . riveting!’ —Winnipeg Free Press

Themes Galileo (Galileo Galilei, Italian physicist and astronomer, 1564-1642), recantation, telescope.

See also Lindsay Price’s:

  • “Flashbacks,” a drama in English, 1f
  • “The Happy Positive Rejects Club,” a comedy in English, 1f
  • “Liver for Breakfast,” a 10-minute comedy in English, set at a park bench, 8:00 a.m., 1999, 1m2f
  • “Paper Thin,” a 10-minute drama in English, set in a living room, 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, 1999, 1m1f (+ 2 offstage voices)
  • “Tuna Fish Eulogy,” a drama in English, 1m3f
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